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Many of our users will be familiar with the traditional Catholic devotion known as the Stations of the Cross, a series of meditations on scenes from the Passion of Jesus, from his sentencing at the hands of Pilate to the laying of his body in the tomb. 

There are fourteen standard stations, which can be found on the walls of just about any Catholic church in the world.  But some variations from this form exist, including one more closely following the scriptures, approved by Pope Benedict in 2007. 

 

 

The First Station: The Arrest of Jesus

 

The Second Station: The Denial of Peter

 

 

The Third Station: Pilate had Jesus flogged

The Fourth Station: The Crowning with Thorns

The Fifth Station: Ecce Homo: Here is the Man

The Sixth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother

The Seventh Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

The Eighth Station: The Good Thief

The Ninth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

The Tenth Station Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

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Music Details

The First Station

J.S. Bach. Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen from the St Matthew Passion.  Sung by the Cologne Cathedral Children's Choir and the Dresden Chamber Choir with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Helmut Muller-Bruhl.  Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

The Second Station

J.S. Bach. Erbarme Dich from the St Matthew Passion.  Sung by Marianne Beate Kielland, with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Muller-Bruhl.  Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

The Third Station

J.S. Bach. Können Tränen meiner Wangen from The St Matthew Passion. Sung by Marianne Beate Kielland, with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Muller-Bruhl. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

The Fourth Station

Buxtehude Ad Faciem from Membra Jesu Nostri. Sung by the Radio Svizzera Choir with the Academia Instrumentale Italiana and the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, conducted by Diego Fasolis. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

The Fifth Station

He was despised from Messiah by G.F. Handel, sung by Catherine Denley with the Sixteen Choir and Orchestra conducted by Harry Christophers. Copyright © Hyperion Records. Used with permission.

The Sixth Station

Stabat Mater by Giovanni Pergolesi. Sung by Gillian Fisher and Michael Chance with the King's Consort directed by Robert King. Copyright © Hyperion Records. Used with permission.

The Seventh Station

J.S. Bach O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden from the St Matthew Passion. Sung by the Cologne Cathedral Children's Choir and the Dresden Chamber Choir with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Helmut Muller-Bruhl. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

The Eighth Station

The Beatitudes sung by Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal Abbey. From Vox de Nube Copyright © Sounds True. Used with permission.

Interludio: Présence from Inni al Signore by the Comunità di Bose, Italy. Copyright © Edizioni Qiqajon.

The Ninth Station

Et Incarnatus Est from Mass in B minor by J.S.Bach sung by the Tölzer Knabenchor and the Choir of the King's Consort directed by Robert King. Copyright © Hyperion Records. Used with permission.

The Tenth Station

Mache dich, mein Herze, rein by J.S.Bach from St Matthew Passion sung by Hanno Müller Brachmann with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra directed by Helmut Müller-Bruehl. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.


Go Deeper with Thinking Faith

Thinking Faith offer a wide variety of resources for Holy Week, but of particular interest to those wanting to know more about the Stations of the Cross are these sets of reflections by Nicholas King SJ. 

Introduction and Stations 1 & 2 >>>

Stations 3 - 6 >>>

Stations 7 - 10 >>>

Stations 11 - 14 >>>